The 2012 NBA Draft is fast approaching. The Golden State Warriors are sitting pretty with four draft picks as they continue attempting to rebuild.
In Sam Amick's latest mock draft for Sports Illustrated, he speculates that the Warriors will use the No. 7 overall pick to select shooting guard Dion Waiters of the Syracuse Orange. Here is Amick's take:
When Terrence Jones and Baylor forward Perry Jones faced off in a June 11 workout for Golden State, the Warriors were hoping that one of those two prospects would show an ability to play small forward and possibly become their pick as a result. But that didn't happen, and I'm told that Waiters has supplanted Terrence Jones (who was slotted seventh in Mock 2.0) on the team's wish list. Things remain fluid here (and almost everywhere else), but Waiters' ability to make an immediate impact offensively while also playing some point guard is appealing to a number of lottery teams. The Warriors have Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as their backcourt of the future, meaning that Waiters could be a good fit in his college role as a high-octane sixth man. Golden State would love to move up and grab either Kidd-Gilchrist or Robinson, but they're unlikely to pull off such a tall order.